Tavares – Lake County Emergency Management is carefully tracking Hurricane Dorian’s forecast as it moves toward Florida. The Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is currently at Level 3 – Monitoring. Staff is communicating with the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information and will adjust EOC activation levels as needed.
For Lake County-specific information, residents may call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. beginning Thursday morning.
Sandbags will be made available at five Lake County locations beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday. Residents must bring their own shovels and are allowed to take 20 bags of sand per household per 24-hour period. No tools will be provided at sand deployment sites and residents are responsible for filling their own sandbags. Sandbags will only be offered during designated times before a storm threat. No sandbags will be dispensed during storm conditions. Sandbags operations will cease as announced after the storm threat is over. Pickup hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the following locations:
• Fire Station 10
23023 State Road 40, Astor
• Fire Station 14
18840 County Road 42, Altoona
• Fire Station 39
31431 Walton Heath Ave., Sorrento
• Fire Station 110
6234 County Road 561, Clermont
• Solid Waste Residential Convenience Center
1200 Jackson St., Lady Lake
Additional sandbags may be made available by municipalities. Check with local cities for locations, availability and hours.
“Lake County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Dorian and communicating with national, state and local stakeholders to prepare,” said Thomas Carpenter, Director of Lake County Office of Emergency Management. “Residents should have a communications plan in place, prepare a disaster go-kit, stock up on supplies, have a working NOAA weather radio and continue monitoring reliable sources for the latest information.”